Andrew Salomone writes:

This is a portrait I made of Abraham Lincoln’s face using a Scrabble board game and following the official rules used in Scrabble tournaments in order to do it. It’s also a reference to a painting by surrealist artist, Salvador Dali.

He says he’s working on this piece for an upcoming show, and the idea came from the Dali painting “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (Homage to Rothko).”



Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Dave Chatting

    Very nice!

    Dali was in turn using the block portrait of Lincoln created by Leon Harmon (a researcher at Bell Labs) in his 1973 Scientific American article.

    Harmon did lot of interesting work on face recognition and photomosaics. See:


  • Scrabble Rouser

    ED and PA are official scrabble words? I doubt it.

  • Scrabbler

    Actually the words are correct per the dictionary, but the two words floating in the middle of the board violate NSA rules.

  • Bernadette

    Very nice! I was wondering about “America,” so I looked it up in my Scrabble dictionary, and it is not a valid Scrabble word.

  • Anonymous

    Not only do the words floating in the middle violate the rules by not being connecting to the rest of the words, but also because the first play was not over the center square (the one with the star).


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